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Ophthalmology Services

ophthalmologyTreating Eye Problems in Pets

Eye health and effective vision are essential to your pets' quality of life. During regular checkups, your primary care veterinarian will monitor your pets' eye health.

If your pet has an eye condition or injury requiring treatment, in many cases it will be handled by your veterinarian. For more complex cases, however, you may be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist who has specialized training, experience and equipment.

The Ophthalmology Service at Tufts VETS offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment practices for eye diseases and injuries in small animals and exotics. We provide clear and complete explanations of the problem and the appropriate treatment for both you and your veterinarian. We strive to deliver optimum medical care which will provide the best possible outcome for your pet.

Surgical Services

Eyelid Plastic Surgery

  • Entropion/Ectropion
  • Correction of macropalpebral fissure
  • Laceration repair
  • Eyelid tumor removal
  • Distichiasis (abnormal eyelashes) cryotreatment

Endolaser for Glaucoma Treatment

This sophisticated piece of equipment allows the newest, most advanced surgical treatment for glaucoma. We are currently the only practice in New England to offer this procedure, which controls and treats glaucoma. Presurgical evaluation and clinical assessment will be required.

Corneal Surgery

  • Laceration and perforation repair
  • Full penetrating or lamellar corneal grafting
  • Conjunctival graft
  • Grid kerattomy
  • Superficial keratectomy

Third Eyelid Surgery

  • "Cherry eye" repositioning
  • Third eyelid cartilage eversion/inversion

Cataract Evaluation & Surgery

We perform cataract surgery through phacoemulsification and IOL (artificial Intra-Ocular Lens) implantation. We insert foldable IOLs that provide your pet with the least invasive and inflammatory procedure available today. This type of surgery is the same as the surgery performed in people, the outcome of which is reported to be the most successful. Anterior vitrectomy is also available if the pet requires it.

Lens Instability Surgery

Lens instability is a severe concern in specific breeds, such as Terriers and Terrier crosses, which are predisposed to its development. Anterior lens luxation is considered a surgical emergency and requires immediate attention. We perform intracapsular lens removal in specific cases that require treatment.

Evisceration with Intraocular Prosthetic Implantation


*** Please note that a complete physical exam and blood testing are required before surgery.

Common Ocular Conditions

  • Dry eye
  • Allergic/immune-mediated conjunctivitis
  • Superficial and deep corneal ulcers
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Eyelash/eyelid abnormalities

Symptoms to Watch for and Report to Your Veterinarian

  • Squinting
  • Red eye
  • Cloudy eye
  • Decreased vision
  • Ocular discharge

Complete Ophthalmology Services

Diagnosing and treating eye disorders can involve both simple and more advanced methods. Tufts VETS offers you and your veterinarian a full range of diagnostic and surgical services.

Additional Diagnostic Services

  • Gonioscopy (to test risk of glaucoma)
  • Cytology & Biopsy (conjunctival & corneal scrapings, fine needle aspirates, incisional or excisional biopsies - to identify infections, inflammatory or neoplastic disorders)
  • Ocular Ultrasonography (to evaluate ocular injuries, intraocular tumors, cataracts, retinal detachment & orbital diseases)
  • Doppler Systemic Blood Pressure Measurement (early recognition of systemic hypertension helps prevent & treat chorio-retinopathy and retinal detachment)
  • Electroretinography (to assess retinal function)
  • CERF Evaluations (to certify & register a dog free of heritable eye disease with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation Registry)